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Overview

The 4th edition of this best-selling text provides a lively introduction to International Relations theory. It has been comprehensively updated throughout and has new chapters on agency, structure and the state in IR and the emerging shape of 21st century international politics.

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"It is entirely characteristic that Chris Brown's text is unlike anybody else's; it is equally characteristic that it is written with a zest, a pace and a sense of fun that is sadly missing from much of the discipline as a whole. Students - and their teachers - will gain a great deal from it. They will also have a good time!" - N.J. Rengger, Political Studies

"Understanding International Relations is a very appealing book... The text succeeds in giving a clear account of all the main theoretical possibilities and, in a non-judgemental but not uncritical way, setting them in context... I can think of no book more likely to succeed in persuading a sceptical undergraduate - someone convinced of the existence of a self-evident world of facts - that not only is a knowledge of theory necessary to understand international relations, but it is fun." - James Mayall, Review of International Studies

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Brown (international relations, London School of Economics) presents the second edition of this introductory-level university textbook. All chapters have been revised and updated, some substantially. New coverage includes a short history of international relations theory in the 20th century; an overview of contemporary theory, including constructivism and other post-positivist movements; Gramscian international political economy; and the new issues brought about with globalization<-->democratic peace, cultural diversity, the international human rights regime and the emerging doctrine of humanitarian intervention; and the importance of new information and communication technologies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230213111
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,001,103
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

CHRIS BROWN is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

KIRSTEN AINLEY is Lecturer in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

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Table of Contents

Defining International Relations
The Development of IR Theory in the Twentieth Century
International Relations Theory Today
Agency, Structure and the State
Power and Security
The Balance of Power and War
Global Governance
The Global Economy
Globalization
The International Politics of Identity
International Relations and the Individual: Human Rights, Humanitarian Law and Humanitarian War
The Emerging Shape of 21st Century International Politics

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